The Renewable and Waste Heat Recovery for Competitive District Heating and Cooling Networks (REWARDHeat) is a European project led by the Accademia Europea di Bolzano (EURAC) which includes 28 partners and has the overall objective of: demonstrating a new generation of low-temperature district heating and cooling networks, which will be able to recover low-grade renewable and waste heat available at low temperature. Focusing on the exploitation of the energy sources available within the urban context allows to maximize the replicability potential of the decentralized solutions developed in the project.
REWARDHeat will promote punctual metering, thermal storage management, network smart control as means to enable and optimise the exploitation of renewable and waste heat in DHC networks.
At the same time, this approach permits a change of paradigm with respect to the business models devised: thermal energy will not be seen as a commodity anymore, rather it will be sold as a service to the customers.
The Heat4Cool project proposes innovative, efficient and cost-effective solutions that support EU energy efficiency policies through an optimal integration of relevant rehabilitation systems.
The project develops, integrates and demonstrates an easy to install and highly energy efficient solution for building retrofitting. The process that begins from the Heat4Cool advanced decision-making tool, (which addresses the building and district characteristics) and leads to the optimal solution.
Heat4cool will implement four benchmark retrofitting projects in four different European climates, aiming to achieve a reduction of 30% in energy consumption in a technically, socially, and financially feasible manner and is expected to demonstrate a return on investment lower than ten years.
The overall objective of the DryFiciency project is to lead energy-intensive sectors of the European manufacturing industry to high energy efficiency and a reduction of fossil carbon emissions by means of waste heat recovery to foster competitiveness, improve security of energy supply and guarantee sustainable production in Europe. The project addresses three sectors, namely brick, pet care/feed and food industry. The results are however of major relevance for a number of other energy-intensive industries such as e.g. pulp and paper industry.
The DryFiciency consortium will elaborate technically and economically viable solutions for upgrading idle waste heat streams to process heat streams at higher temperature levels up to 160 °C. The key elements of the solution are two high temperature heat pumps: a closed loop heat pump for air drying processes and an open loop heat pump for steam drying processes. DryFiciency consortium’s work will focus on increasing energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions by:
- Demonstrating and evaluating two DryFiciency heat pump technologies in three industrial plants
- Generic design approach to replicate the technology in a range of industries in both newly constructed and existing plants
- A certified training programme to make engineering know how available and promote industry uptake.
The European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating & Cooling (RHC-ETIP), officially endorsed by the European Commission since October 2008, aims at playing a decisive role in maximising synergies and strengthening efforts towards research, development and technological innovation which will consolidate Europe’s leading position in the sector. As a result, the whole society will benefit from the increasing contribution of renewable heating and cooling to the European Union’s 2020 – 2030 – 2050 targets!
The RHC-ETIP brings together stakeholders from the biomass, geothermal, solar thermal and heat pump sectors – including the related industries such as district heating and cooling, thermal energy storage, and hybrid systems – to define a common strategy for increasing the use of renewable energy technologies for heating and cooling.
Building on the experience matured since 2005 within the European Solar Thermal Technology Platform (ESTTP), now incorporated in the RHC-Platform, five major European organisations – EUREC, AEBIOM, EGEC, ESTIF and EHPA – are leading the process towards the definition of a joint Vision and Strategic Research Agenda for the renewable heating and cooling sector.
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GeoAtlantic‘s challenge is to develop methodologies and tools through cooperation to facilitate energy transition and the use of renewable sources in several local communities. A multidimensional approach will be developed through the improvement of the institutional, technological, industrial and social environment.
The project objectives are:
- Develop cooperation between private and public actors and researchers through the articulation of the value chain of geothermal energy in a particular community or local territory.
- Promote the development of local policy frameworks and support tools for promoting energy transition and geothermal energy.
- Empower communities and local authorities to provide an effective response from the energy point of view to the climate change threat.
- Increasing social acceptance of renewable energy, especially geothermal by local communities.
- Raise awareness about the relevance and business opportunities of geothermal energy.
SunHorizon has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
The EU funded SunHorizon project aims to develop heat pump solutions (thermal compression, adsorption, reversible) that will act properly coupled with advanced solar panels (PV, thermal, hybrid) providing heating and cooling for residential and tertiary buildings. During the project five technology packages (TP) will be designed and demonstrated in eight different demos across EU climates (Germany, Spain, Belgium, Latvia) in small and large scale buildings. Moreover, a cloud-based monitoring platform will be realized for the development of data driven algorithms and tools for predictive maintenance and optimize the TP’s management.